What is Chi?

You have probably heard the word Chi before—the word is firmly, albeit vaguely embedded in popular culture, but what does it actually mean?

With its roots in traditional Chinese culture, Chi (also spelled qi) refers to the vital life force or energy that runs through all living beings. It is the essence of existence that flows through each of us, uniting the body, mind and spirit. It is what makes us alive.

This concept of an essential life force is not unique to Chinese culture. In fact, most of the world’s ancient cultures have an equivalent word to describe the intangible vital energy. In India, it’s referred to as Prana, in Japan as Ki. Native Americans refer to the life force as the Great Spirit. In each of these cultures as in Chinese culture, healing and traditional medicine is firmly rooted in bringing the balance and flow of this energy into alignment.

Naturally, the presence or absence of this essential life force can have profound impacts on both physical and emotional well-being. A strong and balanced life force culminates in vitality, increased productivity and creativity. Conversely, blocked, unbalanced or weakened Chi can lead to sluggishness, pain and emotional distress.

The primary goal of traditional Chinese medicine is to optimise health and well-being by cultivating a smooth, powerful and balanced flow of chi throughout the entire body. Suffering (teng) caused by a blockage in Chi (bu tong), can be alleviated through acupuncture, tai chi, or qigong to facilitate proper circulation of Chi (tong) thus achieving teng jr bu tong, which means, a state of freedom from pain and disease. If you want to know more about Chi, then we have an entire page dedicated to it! Take a look.

Are you interested in how improving the flow of Chi in your body might benefit your overall health and well-being?


You can get in touch today by completing our contact form or by giving us a call on 0800 051 76 88.

Could paediatric Acupuncture help your child?

Examples of paediatric Acupuncture

The term ‘Acupuncture for children’ may raise eyebrows, but it is much safer than you might expect and can help your child overcome a wide range of undesirable conditions. In the clear majority of cases, your child will only need a couple of needles and may require no skin penetration at all. Many treatments are applied with the fingers rather than needles, which is where the term ‘acupressure’ comes from.

What happens during paediatric Acupuncture?

Acupressure can involve rubbing and gently pressing until the right outcome is achieved. Small round balls can also be taped to the body to stimulate the acupuncture point. Sessions normally last

no longer than five to ten minutes and we can apply the points several times a week until the child is healthy, happy and has overcome the illness. Prior to the treatment beginning, the practitioner will normally spend time talking to the parent about the condition and how things are progressing, which is why parents are recommended to bring toys or blankets with them to keep their children occupied.

What can paediatric Acupuncture treat?

Paediatric Acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of illnesses and problems.

It has been used for more than 2000 years to speed up the body’s natural healing process, has zero side effects and won’t deplete your child’s chi energy. The chi or energy levels of children are constantly in flux as they develop, but acupuncture techniques can boost chi circulation, help them relax and overcome illnesses and other conditions. Conditions paediatric Acupuncture is used for can include behavioural problems, asthma and allergies, coughs and colds, colic, bed wetting, ADHD, infections, stomach pains, fevers and eczema.

The history of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is rooted in ancient Chinese medicine and is used by the NHS as well as in private clinics. During Acupuncture treatments, sensory nerves under the skin and inside the muscles are stimulated so the body can produce natural substances, including endorphins for the relief of pain.

 

If you think Acupuncture could benefit you or if you have an inquiry about Acupuncture That Works then call us on 0800 051 76 88 or fill in our contact form.

Acupuncture That Works welcomes Rosemary Heaton from Pure Mind Hypnotherapy

Here at Acupuncture That Works we are proud to welcome Rosemary Heaton as a brand new member of our clinic team.

Rosemary Heaton - Hypnotherapist - Pure Mind Hypnotherapy - Acupuncture That Works

Coming from a family with deaf parents and a deaf sister, Rosemary has long understood the need to overcome any and all disabilities or problems, and it has given her a strong intuition into the root of problems she helps her clients to face.

Rosemary has many qualifications including Master Practitioner Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Practical NLP Diploma, Life Coaching Certificate, Gastric Band Hypnotherapy Certificate, Stress Management & Hypnotherapy, Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma, so you know you’re in great hands.

Using hypnotherapy, Rosemary offers to help you with issues surrounding an amazing technique called the Hypno-Gastric Band, weight loss, stopping smoking, confidence and self-esteem, stress and anxiety, and freedom from fears and phobias.

To book an appointment with Rosemary, ring in on 0800 051 76 88.

If you want to find out more about the rest of the team, come and see them here.

Acupuncture That Works Group
Acupuncture That Works Group

Can Acupuncture help migraine sufferers?

Anyone that regularly suffers from migraines knows how debilitating it is and more importantly how you would do anything to subside the pain. Therefore, as a result of typical Western pain medication such as paracetamol and ibuprofen having little to no effect on severe migraines, many people have turned to Acupuncture.

Acupuncture For Migraine Relief

As with any medical treatment, there are studies that oppose and support the effect of Acupuncture but over the past decade, there has been an increase in research evidencing the relief it has provided sufferers of chronic migraines.

This is also further substantiated by The World Health Organisation who have in fact endorsed acupuncture as a viable and promising treatment for pain relief since the late 1970’s.

So, how exactly does Acupuncture subside migraine pain?

Acupuncture theory is based on the idea that the body is comprised of energy or ‘Qi’ (pronounced ‘chi’) that is in a continuous flow. If there is a blockage in your body this flow of Qi is stopped causing pain or illness to the correspondent area of the body.

Acupuncture seeks to help restore this flow of energy by targeting and stimulating specific points on the body with hair-thin needles.

In terms of the pain relief aspect, because the Acu-points are usually located close to nerves, when stimulated they will release hormones such as endorphins into the body. In turn, this is what will help relieve any chronic migraine pain and promote relief and relaxation in the brain.

Are there any side effects?

Acupuncture comes with very little side effects when carried out by a licensed and trained practitioner.

With that in mind, it is extremely important to research your acupuncturist before booking your first appointment. One of the best ways to do this is to visit their website and look for customer testimonials, particularly for the reason you are seeking out the treatment. This should give you a clear and honest idea of how the acupuncturist works and how effective the treatment is.

When you do arrive at your appointment don’t be afraid to ask questions and watch to see the way in which the practitioner stores and uses the needles. One of the biggest health risks in any medical field is the use of equipment that is not sterile as it poses a serious health risk. At Acupuncture That Works all our needles are single use and are safely disposed of by a licensed Waste Contractor.

Whilst acupuncture is a safer alternative to traditional medication with little to no side effects, it ultimately cannot wholly take the place of being treated with medication.

Often Acupuncture works best when coupled with medication as it can help subdue any unpleasant side effects of the treatment.

Some headaches and migraines will require more immediate medical attention and it is important that you seek out this help instead of waiting to receive acupuncture.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as being light-headed, dizziness or nausea, it is important that you see a doctor as soon as possible as sometimes there can be more severe underlying issues such as allergic reactions, blood clots or blood pressure spikes.


If you would like to find out more about how acupuncture could help with your migraines please call us on 0800 051 76 88 or fill in our contact form.

MF – Winsford

Over the last couple of years, I have been suffering badly with stress, anxiety and depression, I had been to the doctors a few times and all they wanted me to do was take some pills.

I didn’t want to go down this route and tried almost everything to help me feel better naturally. With a fear of needles, my last resort was to try acupuncture! Best decision I have made.

I wish I could put across just how much acupuncture and Cath has helped me, from my first visit I was put at ease and literally felt my stress levels melt away from the first needle going in.

I have since been going weekly and I am like my old self again! Can’t thank Cath enough for what she has done for me.

Anyone who is in two minds please just give it a go even if terrified of needles or think it wouldn’t work give it a go and you will be amazed.

A weekly visit of acupuncture with Reiki has done more for me than anything doctors have done for me.

 

Please note that all testimonials on this site have been written by the patients themselves.  All views expressed within them are solely those of the individuals concerned.  Any mention of success with their treatment applies only to their specific experience and is in no way a guarantee of efficacy in the treatment of other patients.  Whilst we will attempt to help any and all patients who attend our clinic we cannot guarantee the same outcome as those reported here.

Why do we need this disclaimer? – Read the answer here.

How Acupuncture may help with Weight Loss

Weight loss is an issue that affects most people and with the average clothing size in the UK now being a 16, many people are eager to shed the pounds. However, losing weight can be extremely tough not only on your body physically but also mentally.

There are so many fad diets, exercise regimes and everything in between it can be hard to know what is best for you without harming yourself, but this is where acupuncture comes in.

back-acapunctureAcupuncture works as a complementary therapy with your diet plan, helping to ensure you stay on track and stay healthy.

There have been many studies carried out which have produced results suggesting that combining acupuncture with a standard diet helps individuals to lose more weight overall. That being said, many people have misconceptions of what acupuncture is, based on dramatised Hollywood versions with large painful needles which look like a method of torture.

In reality, acupuncture is a very gentle process which involves inserting hair fine sterilised needles into specific acupressure points on your body. In doing so the needles will then stimulate a reaction in your body to release hormones such as endorphins.

It is hormones such as these which promote relaxation, reduce feelings of stress and generally bring about physical and mental calm. It is this calm that can help you on your weight loss journey instead of stress eating or turning to unnecessary medication.

This derives from Traditional Chinese Medicine and within this, there is the belief that weight gain, particularly large weight gains in a short period of time is caused by an imbalance in the body.

In all acupuncture theory, when something is wrong it is derivative of an imbalance but in terms of weight gain, it is thought to be a problem with the spleen, kidneys, and liver. To counteract this imbalance, acupuncturists will stimulate the point on the body which correlates to the affected area.

The kidneys, in particular, are in charge of the water in your body and therefore any water retention issues will lead back to this area. By addressing areas such as these you will begin to see a big difference in your physical appearance provided you are also sticking to a traditional diet.

Auricular AcupunctureMost people find that they only require acupuncture once a week or once every two weeks to maintain their diet and continue with a healthy lifestyle. Many patients also report that actively seeking out this support gives them the added motivation to keep going as each week they want to see results.

Despite the importance of the physical side of acupuncture, the individual’s mental state is equally as important as without a positive attitude and motivation you will quickly slip back into bad habits.

To continuously lose weight you must be in the correct mental state which is why acupuncture seeks to maintain healthy hormonal balance in the brain. By releasing endorphins, the brain begins to destress which puts you in a much better mindset to stay on track.

If you find keeping a balance in your life something of a struggle, why not try acupuncture and see what it could do for you? Call us today on 0800 051 76 88 and book an appointment at your nearest clinic.

Disclaimer

The ASA has upheld complaints about ads that refer to acupuncture but where it was not made clear that any relief achieved was temporary or “short-term” (Eileen Mannion Acupuncture, 18 October 2017). The ASA is likely to accept advertising claims about the sensory effects of acupuncture including claims about well-being or references to “feeling revitalised”, “more positive” or “relaxed”.

Acupuncture Awareness Week 2018 Is Here

Beginning the 11th of March, Acupuncture Awareness week aims to promote the practice of Acupuncture in the UK. The event is supported by the British Acupuncture Council.

Throughout the week, you will find members throughout the UK using this opportunity to speak to as many of you as possible about traditional acupuncture. With over 2.3 million treatments taking place every year acupuncture has quickly become one of the more popular complementary therapies available in the UK.

There will be a number of talks, open days and exhibitions going on throughout the country over the next week. Keep an eye out and get involved from the 11th until the 16th of March.

If you’re interested in trying acupuncture or want to find out more call Acupuncture That Works on 0800 051 76 88. We would love to help with a range of issues such as pain including headaches, dental issues and sports injuries as well as sickness and body revitalisation.


For more information visit http://www.acupuncture.org.uk

Could Acupuncture improve workplace attendance?

Stress is a condition which in fast-paced modern day life seemingly affects us all. Most of the time we are able to find ways of dealing with it, but what happens when it becomes too much and begins to affect your health?

According to figures provided by the Office for National Statistics, in the UK 30 million employees took a total of 15.2 million days off work due to stress in 2013. This is because when stress is not properly dealt with it can develop into more serious illnesses both mental and physical, making it one of the biggest causes of work absenteeism.

As a result, employers are now taking new and innovative steps to keep their employees healthy and happy by recommending traditional acupuncture.

Could Acupuncture improve workplace attendance? Traditional Chinese Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years as an alternative medical treatment for a number of ailments. As a result, in recent years it has become increasingly westernised and used in place of more intrusive medications with unwanted side effects.

Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system which allows the release of neurochemicals in the brain. In turn, this promotes a chemical change in the body which results in improved physical and mental wellbeing.

Stress is one of the most common problems that patients suffer from and one of the hardest to deal with because of the numerous associated symptoms. Although stress begins as a mental and emotional based condition, it is not long before other aspects of your health can be affected.

Anxiety and depression are other mental issues that may occur, but physical problems such as headaches, IBS, insomnia, chronic muscle pain, joint pain and fatigue can also develop.

Over the years, numerous studies have been carried out to explore the beneficial effects of acupuncture on stress and the results have been more than promising. By targeting specific areas of the brain, calm and relaxation are promoted as the ‘analytical brain’ which causes stress is deactivated. It also is able to help reduce the sensitivity to stress and pain that patients experience by promoting the release of serotonin and endorphins.

Cheshire based Acupuncturist and owner of ‘Acupuncture That Works’ Emma Guy has spent many years working with patients dealing with stress and had this to say;

Emma Guy Cert Ac AHPR‘Throughout my time as an acupuncturist, I have treated many patients who as a result of high-stress jobs were suffering from both physical and mental ailments. In each instance after just a couple of acupuncture treatments, patients are able to feel consistently relaxed and rejuvenated”.

Acupuncture treatments can only take full effect when carried out by a trained and licensed practitioner, which is why it is always advisable to seek a reputable and ATCM (The Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture UK) approved acupuncturists.

Acupuncture That Works featured on RedShift Radio

Earlier this week Emma was invited to speak on the RedShift Radio Health and Healing programme, with Chrisoula Sirgou.

Acupuncture That Works - Acupuncture PointIt was a fascinating interview and covered off a number of subjects including how Emma gave up a successful career in Management and became an Acupuncturist, what people use Acupuncture for and some of the things that you can expect. For example, did you know that Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (TCM) doesn’t hurt, and that the needles used are so fine they are as thin as a strand of hair?


If you would like to hear what Chrisoula and Emma talked about then the link to the show recording is here. It’s well worth a listen!

Cupping and Acupuncture

After a summer of up and down weather your body may be left feeling slightly unbalanced. In these times most people would look to see how many more vitamin supplements they can find to take but unsurprisingly, this isn’t the answer. When it comes to your body feeling unbalanced why not try looking at more traditional methods such as acupuncture and cupping. Cupping is a treatment that has blown up over the summer after Olympic athletes and celebrities have been seen with the marks of the cups all over their bodies. In this article we will be discussing what this unique treatment is and the ways in which it works.

Cupping and Acupuncture

In some respects, cupping is similar to a massage in the sense that pressure is still being applied but it is being sucked up through the cups. These cups are usually made of either glass, plastic or more traditionally, bamboo and works by creating an air vacuum that suctions out the air. This pressure that is then created pulls your skin, underlying tissue and muscles upwards and holds it. Often this treatment is coupled with Traditional Chinese Acupuncture treatments to complement its effects, but is not always necessary. The purpose to all of this is ultimately to help improve circulation in your body, relieving any pain that has built up in certain areas and remove any toxins that are trapped.

What is involved in a Cupping session?

During the treatments, patients will often feel a tingling and tight sensation in the area the cup is placed but this can be quite therapeutic and relaxing. If it does become slightly uncomfortable your practitioner won’t hesitate to remove the cup. The amount of time that the cup is generally left on varies depending on what the practitioner believes to be advisable based on your problems. Each treatment will be different and cups can be moved around or left longer depending on the day and how your body reacts. After the treatments you may notice that your skin has turned a red or purple colour – this is normal, particularly if the cup was placed in an area that had an underlying blockage or previous injury. This change of colour can last from a couple of days to a couple of weeks but will generally not cause you any pain or discomfort. You do however have to wait until the marks have completely disappeared to begin another treatment so that the skin and blood vessels are not damaged.

Cupping Methods

There are generally two main methods of cupping that are used within the treatment, those being fixed cupping and moving cupping. Fixed cupping is exactly how it sounds in that the cups are placed onto the problem area of the body and then left there for the duration of the treatment. Moving Cupping, again just as the name would suggest is where the cups are periodically moved around the body throughout the treatment. As you can imagine with the suction technique this could be quite painful which is why your practitioner before placing any cups will massage the area with oil so that they can easily slide around when necessary.

Cupping is a treatment that is not only reserved for world class athletes, it can help anyone in a number of ways. Whether you are suffering from pain, anxiety, constant fatigue, stress, cold and flu like symptoms, muscle pains, skin conditions or any other ailment, cupping is an extremely beneficial treatment.

Book a session!

Interested in booking a cupping treatment? Contact us today on 0800 051 76 88 or fill out our contact form. We have clinics throughout the North West of England including Northwich, Ashton-under-Lyne and Salford.